Swedish producers Max Martin and Shellback lined up to produce new record
Jasmine Cowler
17:32 16th January 2015

Adam Lambert has signed a major new record label deal with Warner Bros.

The 'American Idol' alumni and current Queen frontman, will be teaming up with Swedish hit-creators Max Martin and Shellback, on his new album billed for summer 2015.

Lambert revealed to Billboard that the record label giant got in touch right after news broke that he had split from RCA Records: "The next day, Warner Bros. contacted us, which I thought was pretty amazing and it was a kind of relief," says Lambert. "It was just a scary thing to make that announcement to the world." 

On working once again with Martin and Shellback - they produced his earlier songs "Whataya Want Frome Me" and "If I Had You" - he said: "They're two of my favorite producers and at the very top of their game. I love everything they do, and was really excited to sit back down with them."

Lambert is currently supporting Queen on their huge European tour. Full dates for the 2015 tour are below. Buy tickets safely and securely using Seatwave here.  

Sat 17 January LONDON O2 Arena
Sun 18 January LONDON O2 Arena
Tue 20 January LEEDS Arena
Wed 21 January MANCHESTER Arena
Sat 24 January NOTTINGHAM Arena
Mon 26 January PARIS Zenith
Thu 29 January COLOGNE Lanxess Arena
Fri 30 January AMSTERDAM, Ziggo Dome
Sun 1 February VIENNA Stadhalle
Mon 2 February MUNICH Olympiahalle
Wed 4 February BERLIN O2
Thu 5 February HAMBURG O2
Sat 7 February FRANKFURT Festhalle
Sun 8 February BRUSSELS Palais 12
Tue 10 February MILAN Forum
Fri 13 February STUTTGART Schleyerhalle
Sun 15 February HERNING Jyske Bank Boxen
Tue 17 February PRAGUE O2
Thu 19 February ZURICH Hallenstadion
Tues 24 February LONDON Wembley SSE Arena
Thurs 26 February LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
Fri 27 February SHEFFIELD Motorpoint Arena

  • Adam Lambert: Let's start by addressing the leather-clad elephant in the room - Adam Lambert is not Freddie Mercury. Nor, thankfully, is he pretending to be. In his tenure as Queen's frontman, Lambert has gone all out to capture the spirit of Mercury's flamboyance, energy and powerful voice, without ever becoming an impersonator.

  • Brian May taking the spotlight: Adam Lambert may be the band's nominal frontman, but these shows belong to May, and rightly so. Expect to see incredible, consistently energetic guitar playing from May, as well as the occasional ten-minute solo. And we mean occasional, because no-one likes a show-off.

  • Nostalgia: During their gigs earlier this year, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was preceded by video footage of the band's younger selves performing the operatic section, and in an unforgettable finale, Adam Lambert duetted with Freddie Mercury using stock recordings.

  • Taylor and May proving their ongoing stamina: We hate the industry's fixation on age, we really do, but at 65 and 67 respectively, Roger Taylor and Brian May would be forgiven for taking it a bit easy during extensive tours. Nope. Instead, Taylor performs drum solos with an ageless energy, and May struts the stage as well as he always did.

  • The visual spectacle: Including, but by no means limited to, rainbow stage lights, lazers, gold glitter showers and a floating drum riser.

  • Little-known numbers: Of course the setlist reads like a dream, but they'll also be throwing some welcome curveballs into the mix. Recently they've performed a re-imagined version of Mercury's 1984 solo song 'Love Kills', as well as 'Dragon Attack' and '39'.

  • Outfit changes galore: If you're worried a Queen gig sans Mercury might be lacking the glitzy campness of his stage persona, then you'll be happy to know that Lambert has at least eight costume changes during his shows, and May wears a gold cape.

  • Guest stars: We can't guarantee this of course, but Lady Gaga turned up during a recent show to lend her vocals to 'Another One Bites The Dust'. Such is Queen's enormous and far-reaching influence, they could ask pretty much anyone to come on stage with them, and they'd probably say yes.

  • New music: The tour is in support of Queen Forever, a compilation album which includes unreleased material recorded with Freddie Mercury. Expect to hear some of this new music showcased, either via a re-imagined Adam Lambert offering, or using Mercury's own vocals in a live setting. Either way, it'll be one to remember.

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